I have visited Thailand 9 times by now. I am quite at home in the country. I went back to Thailand in September 2017 with Getaway Goddess to Koh Samui. I did a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Samui. While Koh Samui is beautiful in its own right, Koh Nang Yuan is stunning!
I was under the impression that we were visiting Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan but we snorkeled at one spot, which must be in Koh Tao. But we touched land only at Koh Nang Yuan. I am not complaining, I am just stating it as a fact. All the stops were so beautiful, even the jetty at Koh Nang Yuan!
In Thailand, in fact in many other countries too, snorkeling means they will give you the mask, you go and snorkel. If you don’t know how to swim, it is a bit tricky. They do a bit of hand holding for you near the boat if you are a non swimmer. I am lucky I learned swimming when I was in primary school. By now in calm water I snorkel without a life jacket, like at this spot.
The spot was rich in coral and fish. However, I am at that stage where I can tell you I saw pretty things, I have no idea what is what when it comes to marine life.
After snorkeling we boarded the speed boat again and in a short while we reached Koh Nang Yuan. It was our lunch spot too. The jetty and its surrounding were so impressive that I was reluctant to move. After lunch, our guide told us the direction to the view point and the meeting point. We were to meet again after 2 hours. So, that is all the time I had to explore Nang Yuan.
The way to the view point is uphill but well paved. The day I walked up, it was hot. I was sweating within no time. To reach to this spot, the last bit requires a bit of scrambling over boulders. But it was crowded when I went, and people were willing to give you a hand! Speed boats (like mine) come for a day trip and the place gets crowded. However, there is one hotel here and I can only imagine how it will feel once the speed boats are gone!
After getting the customary picture done, I took out the zoom lens. And this is what it yielded. I have been to Thailand so many times, I know there beaches are beautiful but Koh Nang Yuan is the most exotic I have ever been to in Thailand!
Here is how the beach looks from above through a zoom lens. It looked inviting for a dip, I was looking forward to get into the water after the hot climb. Going down was easier! And there was water to get into!
I had the snorkeling mask still with me. I had my GoPro too. They make for a good combination underwater. This was right off the beach at Koh Nang Yuan! But I was almost at the end of my allocated two hours in the paradise!
— Mridula Dwivedi (@mridulablog) October 30, 2017
I certainly wish to back and explore more of the region. I would like to start at Koh Samui, go to Koh Tao and then to Koh Nang Yuan and then head back home! Let’s see if I can pull it off someday!
Till then I will be happy that I at least caught the glimpse of Koh Nang Yuan! While I certainly expected Koh Samui and the surrounding areas to be beautiful, I did not expect it to be this beautiful!
The year feels a little incomplete if I do not visit Thailand at least once. I have been a regular visitor to Thailand since 2013, I have been there nine times already. On this trip to Koh Samui I realized that it doesn’t feel foreign to me any more! I feel at home in Thailand! I had no inkling that it will also result in my first flyboard experience, it was not even remotely on agenda!
I landed at Koh Samui on a fine morning, being on a FAM meant I didn’t have to worry. A gentleman with a placard was waiting for me at the beautiful Samui Airport. I was at my hotel in 15 minutes. Sleep was on my mind. I do not fare well after missing out on sleep for the whole night. I actually crashed and woke up in the late afternoon. Once awake, I went in search of food and coffee.
I found them at the sea side restaurant of the Cove. I ordered Phad Thai and Coffee. I was happy with the world!
I gazed at the beautiful sea and the beach when I noticed someone on the flyboard. At that time I didn’t even known it was called flyboard, I had to Google it. I immediately took out the camera and took pictures.
Then I got busy for two days visiting the beautiful Ang Thong Marine Park and Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan which were on my itinerary. Fast forward to my last day in Koh Samui with a 5.00 pm flight to catch. I had all but forgotten about flyboard!
I had no early morning pick up for a speed boat trip so I woke up late, went for a late, slow breakfast. Then I checked out the shops, after all I had to pick up something for my daughter Chhavi. I thought it was too hot a day and I went into a great looking coffee shop called Zing. I proceeded to have two cups of coffee leisurely. It was a good shop indeed.
Then I decided to walk back to my hotel via the Chaweng Beach! And then I saw it again, the flyboard. And I kicked myself, if I had thought of it in the morning I would have done it by now. I went by the the shop and asked for the rates. I told him with regret that I had no time as I had a flight to catch.
As I kept walking to the room my mind kept calculating the ‘what if’ scenarios. What if I walked fast and ran back to the beach? What if I missed the flight? Nah I would only miss the lunch! Arguing thus with self, I reached my hotel. I dumped everything, donned a swimwear and a dress on top of it, took enough money, my GoPro and mobile and I ran back to the Flyboard spot. That is how ladies and gentleman I ended up on the flyborad!
Since I posted my pictures immediately on Facebook, I was asked again and again about my experience. And I had to repeat again and again that I did more tumbling than flying! In my opinion the ability to drink salt water is the first requirement to try the flyboard!
I paid for the ten minute session. My instructor was Nai, he is a gentleman. We walked off to the sea with me singing the tune, “I have never done it and I wonder why am I doing it!”Nai would reassure me at every such utterance, “You will be fine!”
When we were in waist deep water Nai asked me to get inside the boots. That was done without much difficulty. He also told me how to change directions while floating with the flyboard which was once again easy to follow. Then he explained how to stand with the heavy boots, that was not so easy to follow!
What was not easy at all was to fly, not for me at least! Most of my attempts to stand resulted in immediate tumble in the sea! While swimming is not a must for flyboard, it helps if know, as you would automatically keep your mouth shut when falling in water!
The one time due to some trick of fate I did take off, the tumble was from a greater height! I caught it on my arm, luckily it resulted only in a mild bruise later which has completely faded by now.
Thus went my 10 minutes of flyboard experience my dear readers! And I pay money to inflict this on me. I paid 1400 Baht for the experience! Will I do it again? I am not so sure, but will I do something that I have not tried before, for sure I will do it in a flash! Who knows I might even go on the flyboard again!
PS. I was in Koh Samui on a trip with the Getaway Goddess but I did the flyboard on my own.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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